Wish You Were Here to be released in April, screens at Sundance

Kieran Darcy-Smith’s Wish You Were Here will be released on Wednesday 25 April, distributor Hopscotch has announced.

The film also opened the Sundance Film Festival last week to positive reviews.

Darcy-Smith said, at the time of the announcement: “To be invited to premiere my debut film as part of the world dramatic competition at Sundance… What can I say? I’m honoured and thrilled beyond words.”

Wish You Were Here is Darcy-Smith’s debut feature. Of the filmmaking process, he told Encore: “It’s been an extraordinary 18 months and we were given this opportunity to make this movie. I’m thrilled with the response.”

Of the film, Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney said: “This kind of character-driven suspense can be challenging to sustain, but Darcy-Smith achieves that with the assurance of a far more experienced filmmaker. He also displays an impressive grasp of rhythm and composition, aided by editor Jason Ballantine’s dexterous cutting and by cinematographer Jules O’Loughlin’s lustrously textured HD visuals, which have the stinging lucidity and restlessness of a wide-awake nightmare. This is terrific stuff.”

Darcy-Smith said: “I’m thrilled with the response. It’s as I envisioned. That’s probably one of the reasons I feel so good – all the stars lined up.”


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